Written August 25, 2013
If you are a fan of the books, this movie is a MUST-SEE! It follows the plot of the book really well and takes the best quotes from the novel. Nevermind that it is incredibly cast. Robert Sheehan was born to play Simon. Jace is impeccable and Clary is amazing too. This is definitely a movie I would recommend to anyone who likes the fantasy or supernatural genre.
Written August 24, 2013
If you are looking for a movie that matches the book, then you will be sorely disappointed. Instead the main themes and story lines of the book are preserved with a few significant changes here and there that are obvious to the readers. I found the movie fun and entertaining, esp. in IMAX. The characters were cast well, and the visuals are great. There is a lot going on in this movie, so those that have not read the books may not be clear on everything that transpires as it is fast paced. It ends in similar fashion to the book, yet I hope that it will not be another "Beautiful Creatures" (it was good but it flopped at the box office)... this is a good movie, yet whether it is strong enough to warrant a second movie remains to be seen. Go if you like wild imagination and lots of action. Otherwise, this may not be a movie for you.
Written January 29, 2015
Besides the story line being messed up to make it fit into movie time, they made the characters so stereo typical, the were wolves were all shaggy men as opposed to regular people (including women) who happen to be were wolves , the vampires were all scary & unappealing as opposed to a mix of enticing, mesmerizing & some actually appealing, the adult shadow hunters represented by Valentine's henchmen were just big thugs, not the graceful, beings & the worst was making Valentine himself be a Genghis Khan rip off instead of the imposing controlling in control man in a buisness suit - (what was with the lame braids & have him have no control whatsoever, not scary, just brutish - why would Clary's mom ever want what they showed him to be?!! It is a shame, it was like a mockery of the characters. Isabelle should have been taller & more stately as is mentioned in the book, so as to create a contrast with Clary, but really she came over as a mediocre person - and that is just to start with
Written January 27, 2015
...saw it in IMAX....and teen daughter was over-the-moon with this movie. while they took a few liberties and didn't follow the book exactly--it still has great fight scenes and a good story line. would actually recommend seeing the movie before you read the book. we felt the actors portrayed their characters very well and enjoyed the one-liners that popped into the movie! we will most likely be seeing this movie a 2nd and possibly 3rd time. and if you've got a teen or pre-teen daughter...expect to take them to see this movie and enjoy it yourself too. :)
Written December 22, 2014
This turned out to be more than I expected. Had I believed the so-called professional critics, I would have never gone.
This turned out to be a very enjoyable movie that combined romance, a little comedy and suspense.